Re: Who mows the grass? rental property - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on August 16, 2005 at 07:16:03:
Curently, I use a lawn mowing service. I had tenants doing it, and if their reliable, its OK, otherwise, got neighbors on my back, and I have to get on the tenant’s back.
In the case of unreliable tenants, I have to listen to stories why its not mowed. Afterwards, I have to hear from neigbors why “absentee landlords” are no good for the neighborhood, and asked “when do I plan to sell the place”.
Now with the lawn service:
-Keeps the lawn nicely trimmed, and doesn’t look like a hurried job done by a tenant, and it looks more like all the nicely manicured lawns in the neighborhood, so neigbors don’t think “absentee landlord” when they drive around the corner, and wonder “when I’ll sell the place”.
-Between tenancies, he can pick stuff off the lawns, and give the place a “live in look”.
-On a few occasions, when I need some “non lawn” outside work done, he was able to recommend someone, or do it himself.
-A local “Century 21” guy that does property management tells me that rather than paying 10% to a property manager (10% of around $1,800 to $2,000), get a local lawn service to keep the lawn nice, and an eye on the place.